• Managing stress during the holidays is the only way to ensure that you get to enjoy the holiday season. Here are 5 Ways to Survive the Holidays! - #Christmas #Stress #HolidayTips

    5 Ways to Survive the Holidays

    When you have Chronic Migraine, the holiday season can be difficult to manuever. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy and activities to take part in. All of these things equals stress that can trigger migraines that can stop you in your tracks. There are things you can do to help you survive the holidays. Stress Explained There is a misconception that stress comes from bad things and nothing could be further from the truth. Some of our most happy moments are stressful including weddings and having a baby. Not all stress is bad stress but that doesn’t mean that our bodies react to it in good ways. Unfortunately,…

  • Sweet and Creamy Homemade Hot Chocolate made in a slow cooker or crock pot is the perfect beverage for a holiday or winter gathering. My family loves this on Christmas Eve! #HotChocolate #Christmas

    Jen’s Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

    For at least 10 years, I have made Homemade Hot Chocolate for our family Christmas Eve gathering. It has always been a hit with everyone. This warm delicious drink is now synonymous with my thoughts of Christmas! I have tweaked the recipe that I found many years ago and now consider this my own recipe.  In fact, I can’t even seem to locate the original recipe that I used in the beginning. I hope you enjoy this and add it to your family Christmas traditions! Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Serving Suggestions This is perfect for any winter gathering for several reasons. It is easy to make It is easy to…

  • Sometimes Family Gatherings during the Holidays do not go as smooth as they should. If you have a Chronic Illness the hard conversations inevitably will come. Here are 5 of the more common ones and how to avoid the. - #Christmas #ChronicIllness

    5 Hard Conversations to Avoid During the Holidays

    Everyone has that one person at their holiday gatherings that has no tact or asks rude questions. This is probably even more noticeable to people that have a chronic illness. We are used to having  hard conversations with those relatives that just don’t know how to keep their opinions to themselves. What Hard Conversations? “Well you don’t look sick” – This is one of the most inconsiderate statements that someone can make to someone that is chronically ill. Most chronic illnesses can’t be seen on the outside and are considered, “invisible Illness”. HOw I look doesn’t determine how I feel on the vast majority of days. “Shouldn’t you Try a New…

  • Book Lovers can be hard to buy for at Christmas but here is a list of great things that every book lover will be happy to receive! - #GiftGuide #Christmas

    4 Book Lover Gift Ideas

    Christmas shopping is in full swing and I wanted to share some great ideas for the book lover in your life. Book Lover Gift Idea #1 I personally love to listen to audiobooks and I use Audible.com for my audiobook needs. I listen to audiobooks when I have a migraine because it distracts me from my pain. But I also love audiobooks because I don’t have to stop what I am doing to read. If you want to give the gift of Audio Books, click the banner below! Book Lover Gift Idea #2 E-Readers are a popular gifts because it cuts down on the necessity for storing lots of books.…

  • Save some room in the oven and make the Green Bean Casserole in a Slow Cooker Casserole Dish! #Thanksgiving #slowcooker

    Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

    Thanksgiving is in 2 weeks and I can already smell the turkey and imagine enjoying time with family. There is just one problem about making a big meal and that is not having enough room in the oven. It can be hard to juggle a turkey, the macaroni and cheese and the green bean casserole! That is where the slow cooker casserole dish can be a lifesaver! The possibilities are endless of what can be made in these slow cooker casseroles. Any casserole recipe can be converted to work for the slow cooker! Exciting, right? Now you can pull up all of your favorites and make them to be ready…

  • Power in the Story - Elizabeth, The Uncustomary Housewife #MentalHealth #Rebuilding

    Power in the Story: Elizabeth from The Uncustomary Housewife

    This week, my Power in the Story featured blogger is someone that I just “clicked” with instantly. Elizabeth’s friendly and kind personality is infectious and her capacity to care for others is phenomenal. The Uncustomary Housewife is a blog that features her journey with Mental Illness and her role as a housewife. She does this with a unique flair that is fun and entertaining. Her Blog has also been awarded the prestigious Top 100 Housewife Blogs on the Web Award! Elizabeth hopes that her blog will inspire kindness and happiness while helping readers realize that they are not alone. In my opinion, her blog does that and more! I am…

  • What is Allodynia and what is the connection with Migraine? - #SkinPain #Migraine

    Migraine Explained: Allodynia

    Before I knew the word Allodynia One day, while having a Hemiplegic Migraine, my husband was trying really hard to help me get comfortable. This is no easy task since I have no use of my right arm and I can’t talk during the attack. I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t just say that something was making my feet and legs hurt. It wasn’t long before he was frustrated too. He felt really bad that nothing he was doing was helping me. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what he could do to help because I didn’t know why I was in pain. Fast forward a couple of days, another Hemiplegic…

  • Find out how to get involved with Movember and be an advocate for Men's Health - #Movember #MensHealth

    What is Movember? featuring River Karaba

    It is November and even though that does me Thanksgiving, Football and time with family, it also means it is Movember! All through the month of October Women’s Health is supported with Breast Cancer Awareness month. There is literally pink everywhere…even on the football fields. But it seems that Men’s Health does not get that much attention. Meet our Guest Let me introduce you to my guest, River Karaba. I started following River and his Wife, Allison a little over 2 years ago on their YouTube channel, Riv and Al. Through these years , I have watched them through many changes including their move to Portland, OR from Chicago. I…

  • Bullying is a hot topic for today but bullying has always been a problem. You can make it through being bullied and be a success! There is Power in the Story! #Bullying #PowerInTheStory

    Power in the Story: Jo from A Rose Tinted World

    Today’s Power in the Story featured blogger is Jo from A Rose Tinted World. Her personality shines through in every word you read on her blog. A Rose Tinted World is all about creating your best life, how to figure out what that is and how to beat the obstacles along the way. In trying to write this introduction, I am finding it hard to put it all into words because every blog she posts leaves me feeling like I learned something new about myself.  I know that you will enjoy her blog and you will also be addicted to it as well! Jo is telling her story about bullying.…

  • For many Migraine Warriors, the season changes mean more Migraine Attacks. Find out why and what that may mean for those that have Migraine. - #Migraine #Seasons

    Migraine Explained: Season Change

    Autumn is here and it is time for fire-pits, s’mores, trick-or-treaters, pumpkin-spiced everything, and for some, an increase in migraine symptoms. As the autumn leaves colors of red and gold brighten the horizon, as the season change also creates changes that can trigger migraines. What Factors Cause Triggers as the Season Change? Barometric pressure change is the most common seasonal migraine trigger. As the seasons change, the barometric pressures shift and these changes, though sometimes minor, can trigger migraine attacks in people that are highly susceptible to barometric pressure changes. Cynthia Armand, MD, a physician at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York, explains the reason. “Our head is made…